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The Ron Hackenberger Collection Auction
A Candy Store of Rare, Unique, Micro, Orphan, & Amazing Cars & Trucks
For many guys, who just want one classic car in their garage to work with, one is enough. But for Ron Hackenberger, cars to him were like being a kid in a candy store and he just couldn’t settle for one. For Ron, it all started with a 1948 Studebaker when he was 15 years old. He had the chance to buy his first car, a Studebaker that represented a beautiful automotive masterpiece. Ron went and borrowed the money to buy the car from his Grampa and bought that 1948 Studebaker that fueled his sweet tooth for collector cars and started his collection. That Studebaker opened the door to trading up through the years, even up to a 1956 Studebaker Golden Hawk.
Ron married Eunice and they started their life together, and their love of collecting cars, in 1962. The family grew quickly to include six daughters. Ron was a truck driver and started his own trucking company, building it up to 100 Trucks and Trailers. Ron hauled everything and while he was on his adventures hauling, he would spot cars to bring back home to his collection. Quite often he would take a car hauler and go to the west coast and come back with a load of cars. The miles were packing on and he sold the trucking company to go on another adventure. Ron, Eunice and the girls all moved to Texas and bought a ranch and raised cattle, all the while still collecting cars. Soon he was ready for another change and sold the ranch, lock, stock and cattle, and moved back to Norwalk, Ohio. He bought some properties and well, like everyone in 2008, some of his investments took a hit with the recession. Ron worked with the banks and kept his car collection together as it had grown significantly in the past years. Ron started another adventure, this time a campground and a catering service that their daughter continues to run with them.
With the success of his real estate and businesses, he was able to buy cars as he would come across them. Ron would buy cars that were unique, unusual, rare, and “something that you won’t see every day”. His collection has now grown to Approx. 700 vehicles. The Studebakers are still in the collection – almost 250 of them! Trucks, Pickups, Champions, Commanders, Avanti’s, and even A Darrin Roadster Project. The collection also hosted 8 & 6 door Checker limos, Divco Milk Trucks, Ramblers, AMC, many Chrysler and Packard cars, and so many more.
The collection isn’t limited to Studebakers, though, and a collection of Micro cars from BMW Izetta’s, Citroens, Crossley’s, King Midgets, a Rare Tatra, Borward, Fiats, showcase Ron’s love of the unusual. There are early Hondas, Jaguars, Porsche and so much more. There is even a space-age looking car that looks like Evil Knievel would take it over the Snake River Canyon, and knowing Ron, maybe it was!
There are many cars and trucks that will be sought after by Rat Rodders, customizers, and more. There is an assortment of Henry J’s, Desoto, Plymouth, and even COE Trucks. For the muscle guys and gals in the crowd, Ron boasts of a ’65 Mustang, a ’66 Dodge Charger, a ’67 Plymouth Barracuda and a ’57 Chevy thrown in for good measure.
The collection isn’t limited to Cars and Trucks. There are John Deere and International tractors and a host of rare Studebaker buggies and wooden wagons. Ron liked everything with wheels and even has a 1947 Indian Chief “Roadmaster” motorcycle complete with sidecar, and a 1949 Harley Davidson motorcycle. Keeping true to the roots that helped build his great collection, he even has a ’75 Dodge Big Horn diesel rig for sale!
Ron was going to restore many of them and then realized he didn’t have enough time to get them all done. Then there was the idea of a museum and he came to the realization that wouldn’t fly. He decided to turn them back into the wild and let other collectors, rodders, customizers, and hobbyists enjoy his vast collection.
The Hackenbergers are going to have one big weekend with a celebration of his collection and everything will be sold NO RESERVE over the weekend of July 14th-16th, 2017. The auction is open to anyone that loves old cars and trucks and wants to give the Hackenbergers Treasures a good home. There is defiantly something for everyone!
Ron and Eunice have contracted with JF Marketing/Auction & Real Estate Services in Ohio and VanDerBrink Auctions, LLC, of Minnesota, who specializes in collector cars and parts, to sell their vast collection. When John called Yvette to come out to Ohio, they walked into just the first of the three major buildings housing the best of the collection, and you could hardly walk through the cars. They are packed door to door and end to end. The cars are originals, restored, projects, and some for parts. It is absolutely amazing. A catalog will be coming with complete details, pictures, and more. The Hackenbergers have been working to title the vehicles and get ready for the sale. It’s going to be wild and you won’t want to miss this auction.
The auction will be held onsite and online and bidders across the world will have a chance to bid and buy a part of the “virtual car Candy Store”. “It just takes your breath away. There are so many, and all bought by one guy! It’s amazing!”, says Yvette VanDerBrink. “If you are a car and truck lover, you won’t want to miss this auction. You will want to be here in Ohio in July. “It is amazing, I’ve never seen so many different cars.” says, John Froelich of JF Marketing/Auction & Real Estate Services.
So, mark your schedule and plan to be in Ohio the weekend of July 14, 15, & 16th, 2017. Gates open at 7am each day and the auction action will begin at 9am in Norwalk, Ohio for the Hackenberger Collection, one of the biggest private owned collections of rare, unique, original, and well, just amazing car collections around. You will be a kid in a candy store yourself! You won’t want to miss this collection! For more info: www.ronhackenberger.com or www.vanderbrinkauctions.com You can also call John Froehlich at 440-454-1121 or Yvette VanDerBrink at 605-201-7005 for more auction information or if you have a collection yourself that you would like to sell in the near future.
Plan Now to Attend this Amazing Auction! See you There!
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